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Harvey B Lillywhite

Ph.D.  University of California at Los Angeles, 1970

122 Bartram Hall
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Research Interests

Physiology and ecology of vertebrates, especially amphibians and reptiles. Current interests in cardiovascular adaptations, gravitational physiology, functional morphology of integument, water balance and distribution of sea snakes, comparative aspects of energetics and temperature regulation, animal coloration, and fire ecology. I also have long-term studies in progress relating to the physiology and ecology of insular cottonmouth snakes.

Representative Publications

  • 2014.  LILLYWHITE, H.B.  How Snakes Work.  Structure, Function and Behavior of the World’s Snakes.  Oxford University Press.  (Book) 

  • 2014.  LILLYWHITE, H.B., C.M. SHEEHY III, F. BRISCHOUX, and A. GRECH.  Pelagic sea snakes dehydrate at sea.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20140119.

  • 2014.  H.B. LILLYWHITE.  A Desert in the Sea: Water Relations of Marine Snakes.  Pp. 485–500, Chapter 24, In W. Lutterschmidt (Ed.), Reptiles in Research: Investigations of Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior from Desert to Sea.  Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 

  • 2014.  LILLYWHITE, H.B., H. HEATWOLE, and C.M. SHEEHY III.  Dehydration and drinking behavior of the marine file snake, Acrochordus granulatusPhysiological and Biochemical Zoology 87:46–55.

  • 2013. LILLYWHITE, H.B. Climate change and reptiles. Pp. 279–294 In: K. Rohde (ed.), The Balance of Nature and Human Impact, Cambridge University Press.

  • 2013. BRISCHOUX, F., R. TINGLEY, R. SHINE and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Behavioral and physiological correlates of the geographic distributions of amphibious sea kraits (Laticauda spp.). Journal of Sea Research 76:1–4.

  • 2013.  BRISCHOUX, F. And H.B. LILLYWHITE.  Trophic consequences of pelagic life-style in Yellow-bellied sea snakes.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 478:231–238.

  • 2012. BRISCHOUX, F., R. TINGLEY, R. SHINE and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Salinity influences the distribution of marine snakes: Implications for evolutionary transitions to marine life. Ecography 35:994–1003.

  • 2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B., J.S. ALBERT, C.M. SHEEHY III and R.S. SEYMOUR. Gravity and the evolution of cardiopulmonary morphology in snakes. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 161:230–242.

  • 2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B., F. BRISCHOUX, C.M. SHEEHY III, and J.B. PFALLER. Dehydration and drinking responses in a pelagic sea snake. Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:227–234.

  • 2012. SAVITZKY, A.H., A. MORI, D.A. HUTCHINSON, R.A. SAPORITO, G.M. BURGHARDT, H.B. LILLYWHITE and J. MEINWALD. Sequestered defensive toxins in tetrapod vertebrates: Principles, patterns, and prospects for future studies. Chemoecology 22:141–158.

  • 2012. LILLYWHITE, H.B. and F. BRISCHOUX. Is it better in the moonlight? Nocturnal activity of insular cottonmouth snakes increases with lunar light levels. J. Zool. 286: 194–199. Published online 2011 (doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2011.00866.x)

  • 2011. BRISCHOUX, F. and H.B. LILLYWHITE. Light- and flotsam- dependent ‘float-and-wait’ foraging by pelagic sea snakes (Pelamis platurus). Marine Biology 158:2343-2347.

  • 2011. LILLYWHITE, H.B. and M.-C. TU. Abundance of sea kraits correlates with precipitation. PLoS ONE Vol. 6, e28556

  • 2010. LIU, Y.L., H.B. LILLYWHITE and M.C. TU. Sea snakes anticipate tropical cyclone. Marine Biology 157:2369-2373.

Current Graduate Students

NameEmailResearch Interest
Mark Sandfoss mrsandfo@ufl.eduHerpetology, conservation.

Current Postdocs and Visitors

NameEmailResearch Interest
Coleman Sheehy coleman3@ufl.eduEvolutionary Biology; Herpetology
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